DNREC announces photo contests

DOVER — It may not be the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, but your photo could land on the 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide or the 2017/18 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

First up is the fishing photo. DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife encourages anglers and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2016 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured either on the cover or in the 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

A judging panel comprised of DNREC staff will be looking for photos that best portray this year’s contest theme, “Fishing with Family or Friends,” by depicting anglers enjoying fishing in the great outdoors with their family or friends. Judges also will be looking at technical criteria including resolution, clarity and composition.

Hunters can get in the action, too.

A judging panel comprised of DNREC staff will be looking for photos that best portray this year’s contest theme, “Hunting with Family or Friends.” Judges also will look at technical criteria including resolution, clarity and composition.

Both contests are open to Delaware residents of all ages, with a maximum of three entries per person. To be eligible, photographs must have been taken in Delaware. Portrait orientation is preferred; landscape photos, if chosen among contest winners, may be cropped for presentation.

Entries may be mailed to DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Photo Contest, Attention: Jennifer Childears, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. Entries into the fishing photo contest must be postmarked or delivered by Oct. 31, and must include a completed and signed entry form and photo release form if the photograph contains images of children.

All hunting photo entries must be postmarked or delivered by Jan. 31.

Photos must be submitted as 8- by 10-inch photo quality prints, with no frames or mats and no markings or signatures on the front or back. Winning entries must be made available in a digital version with resolution of 300 dpi or greater (when blown up to 8 by 10 inches).

Normal processing of RAW image files, minimal cropping and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable. HDR and focus stacking are permitted as long as manipulation is disclosed upon entry. Nothing should be added to the image or, aside from dust spots, taken away. The entrant must hold all rights to the photograph and must not infringe on the rights of any other person. Images that involve unlawful harm to fish or damage to the environment should not be submitted and will not be accepted. Entries will not be returned.

For more information, including entry forms, please visit dnrec.delaware.gov or contact Jennifer Childears at (302) 739-9910, or email jennifer.childears@state.de.us.

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